Tooth Crowns in Blue Bell
Do cavities, discoloration, or misshapen teeth make you hesitant to smile? If so, then dental crowns can help restore your beautiful smile.
Dental Crowns: A Definition
Also known as a tooth cap or dental caps, dental crowns are caps that cover your tooth from the top to the base and are often used when teeth are broken, cracked, or misshapen, or for when a filling would be inadequate. A dental crown can also anchor a bridge. Since caps and crowns are similar in color and texture to your natural teeth, they are virtually unnoticeable.
Who Installs a Dental Crown?
Installing a crown is a routine dental procedure just like a root canal or a filling. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you think you might need a tooth crown.
Two Types of Crowns
There are two types of dental crowns for teeth: permanent and temporary. When your dentist has prepared your tooth for a crown, you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear in the interim until your permanent crown is ready. Temporaries are usually made from plastic or stainless steel; your permanent crown will typically be porcelain or ceramic.
Ceramic Crowns Defined
A ceramic crown has a porcelain base for strength and stability. It’s usually used as a front tooth crown because it’s most similar to your natural teeth. A small amount of your natural tooth will be removed so that the crown will fit and adhere properly. Although they are more brittle than porcelain crowns, ceramic crowns are very durable.
Porcelain Crowns Defined
A porcelain crown has been fused to metal, which provides for better adhesion. This means a better seal, which means there’s less likelihood of leakage or decay. Some of the surface of your natural teeth will be removed in order for the porcelain crown to adhere properly, but a porcelain crown is very durable and can last for decades.
How Is a Crown Installed?
You should plan for a minimum of two visits to our office in order to have a tooth crown placed. If you need additional work, such as a root canal, then your dental crown procedure may require additional visits.
On your initial visit, your dentist will examine your oral health and the tooth that needs a crown. Once your dentist determines that the tooth will support a crown, he or she will file it down and make an impression, which will be used to fabricate the permanent crown.
When your permanent crown is ready, it will be secured and adjusted so that it fits well, works well, and is comfortable.
How Much Will a Crown Cost Me?
Your dental crown cost will be determined by your unique situation and will depend on the type of crown you select, especially if you want a gold crown tooth, the amount of prep work needed, and your dental insurance benefits. Call our office for more information about the cost of a dental crown.
Dental Crown Maintenance
The lifespan of a dental crown is about seven years. However, with proper care and maintenance, a crown can last for decades. To obtain the maximum longevity of your dental crown, be sure to practice good oral hygiene, such as flossing daily, brushing at least twice daily, and maintaining a regular dental checkup and cleaning schedule.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment if you need to get a tooth crown.